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  • 1. Topic 4: GIS Civil War Lesson Plan Roy Denton ECOMP 7010.80 Title: Battlefield Walks Grade: 3rd Subject: Civil War Overarching goal: Students will learn how major Civil War battles were resolved and their impact on the war overall. Lesson Summary: In 5th grade students are to learn about the War Between the States and the cause and effect of the issues arising from that conflict. After talking with my 5th grade team it was decided that we could use Google-Earth to explore the major battles of the war, how they were resolved and what their effect was on the war overall. Objectives: • Students will conduct research on a major battle of the Civil War. • Students learn how to use Google Earth to find locations, plot points, and construct overlays for specific battlefields. • Students develop a narrative to go along with their Google Earth battlefield tour. Materials: • Access to the Internet • Library books on the Civil War • Google Earth Lesson: 1. Demonstrate how locate a location using Google Earth, plot points and build overlays.  Type in the name of the nearest town associated with the battle.  Locate the battle ground using existing Google Earth markers or by using a map of the battlefield and comparing it to the map on Google Earth.  Inserting a marker for a specific point  Construct an overlay to show an area covered by a unit or a portion of the battle 2. Students conduct research on their chosen battlefield in teams of two. One student will focus on the Southern forces and the other on the Union forces. Students need to identify the following:  Key units involved in the battle  Where those units were located at the beginning of the battle and their movements during the battle  What happened at specific phases of the battle, a minimum of beginning, middle and end  Understand what the outcome of the battle was and its consequences on the future conduct of the war.
  • 2. Topic 4: GIS Civil War Lesson Plan Roy Denton ECOMP 7010.80 3. Students plot their in formation into Google Earth.  Plot key positions and events using gray for the South, blue for the North and white for neutral or combined sites  Build overlays to represent unit lines, lines of movement or key battle areas using the colors above 4. Students develop a narrative to explain the events depicted in their project and a summary of the battles consequences in regards to loss of life and its affect on the war overall. 5. Students present their project to the entire class using the digital projector to show their tour to the entire class during the reading of their narrative.